Tuesday, October 27, 2009




UHSPA-UGANDA scales up cervical cancer campaign

To see, opinions published by our members on Cervical Cancer,visit the highlighted link below

Monitor Online | Opinions | Keep focus on cervical cancer25 Oct 2009 ... Keep focus on cervical cancer. Editorial. The Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists of Uganda last week raised a red flag that the.....
Visit this link www.monitor.co.ug/.../Keep_focus_on_cervical_cancer_93551.shtml

Uganda: Fighting Cervical Cancer
Kikonyogo Ngatya
19 October 2009
Kampala — The country's health infrastructure is overwhelmed by the number of women seeking cervical cancer tests, a gynecology seminar heard in Kampala on Friday.
If detected early, both conditions can be treated, but experts said although many women report early to health facilities with abdominal pains, most medical officers treat them with antibiotics, because they are not able to identify the problem.
The experts also heard that by the time patients go to referral hospitals, the cases are in advanced stages and life threatening.
"Many NGOs have sensitised women on the need for tests, but most of the cases are poorly-handled. Some medical staff confuse them with Sexually Transmitted infections," Dr Judith Ajeani from Mulago Hospital said.
She said there is need to train, equip and create dry laboratories in teaching hospitals and universities to train medical students and orient those in service on detecting and treating cervical cancer conditions.
The seminar was jointly organised by the Aga Khan University Hospital-Nairobi and the Association of Uganda Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Over 70 experts shared experiences and devised means to scale up interventions.


Three NGOs form alliance to support older persons

Three Ugandan Civil Society Organizations have formed an alliance to spear head popularization of the recently passed National Policy on Older Persons and promotion of older person’s rights.
The policy was launched October1, 2009 at the International celebrations held in Iganga. The alliance brings together, Matunda Ya Wazee, ACREF- a youth organization and UHSPA-Uganda.
The group would work towards promotion of a dignifying and health ageing rights for older persons. Uganda has 1.3 million old persons, but lack basic access to health services, when they are discriminated against.
Mr. Cris Kituku, the Matunda Ya wazee director, said it was unfair to deny the older persons their rights to health and dignity. He said there were a lot of challenges to access to pension funds, even when the older people qualify to get their money.
Under the initiative, ACREF, a youth organization led by Mr. Ivan Kintu would mobilize the youths in the country to support social efforts to help the aging.
He said there was a direct connection between revamping the older person’s rights and the youths, because majority of the population are young people. Mr. Kintu observed that with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and orphans, older persons had played a significant role in shouldering the care of young ones when their youthful parents died. UHSPA-Uganda, would play a senstisation role using the media




Monday, October 26, 2009


UNFPA brings maternal mortality back on the global agenda

The United Nations Population Fund is currently holding a global conference of health ministers from around the world to highlight the plight of mothers during pregnancy and child births. This millenium development Goal 5 is stuck,with little changes happenning to reduce the deaths. HEPS-Uganda, recently launched a Ugandan campain to promote safe motherhood and avail resources necessary for the health serctor at a meeting at Tick Hotel in Kampala. UHSPA-Uganda is happy to associate its self with this noble cause.
we use the media to promote safe mother hood. Click these links to what is so far published
for a quick follow up of the Addis Conference, follow these links.

Radio 4 Woman's Hour -Maternal Mortality Rates
One of the Millennium Development Goals (built on agreements made at UN conferences in the 1990s) is to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015.
BBC World Service - News - Maternal mortality: why so many mothers die giving birth
The meeting, organised by the United Nations Population Fund, aims to harness political will and money to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by two-thirds by 2015.
News - Health - Call to act on maternal mortality . Last updated: 26 Oct 2009
Health ministers from around the world say swift action must be taken to reduce global maternal mortality rates.
News - Africa - Tackling Ethiopia's maternal health crisis . Last updated: 26 Oct 2009
As a UN conference on maternal health issues takes place in the Ethiopian capital, the BBC's Pascale Harter meets women being treated for birth-related injuries..
Programmes - Sunday AM - International Aid
But I have to say I've been to Iraq four times in the last two and a half years and it's quite humbling when you meet politicians and others who put their lives on the line to do what.
News - Americas - US exports anti-abortion policy . Last updated: 28 Jun 2003
Hundreds of women's health organisations in the poorest nations of the world - places where maternal mortality and infant death are high - faced a tough choice.
Podcasts - Woman's Hour: News, Politics, Culture
And as the UN Population Fund holds a high level maternal health meeting in Adis Ababa, Sheila asks what can be learnt from countries that have reduced their maternal mortality rates?
Programmes - Panorama - Programme Transcript
GRACE KODINO This is not an environment to decrease the rate of maternal deaths. And this really helps to save lives, and this would really help to reduce the maternal mortality.
News - World - Improving health in fragile states . Last updated: 24 Sep 2008
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, maternal mortality doubled during the recent conflict, leaving its residents with no hope of hitting the target to reduce deaths in childbirth by a third by 2015.



The Uganda Health andd Science Press Association working with the Uganda Paediatic Association has stepped up a media senstisation campaign on Pneumonia in children ahead of the World Pneumonia Day celebrations slated for November2,2008.

For articles covered in Ugandan media click the links below:

www.monitor.co.ug/.../Why_pneumonia_should_make_you_hold_your_breath_93619.shtml - 9 hours ago




Tuesday, October 20, 2009


USING the lenses.microphones,and print to communicate from policy makers to grassroots

Our work is based on the notion that to effect change,communities and the populace Must have timely,accurate,sufficient and easy to understand knowledge. This network,backed by a team of researchers compiles, disseminates and promote activities to better health and rational science utilisation


UHSPA embraces safe mother hood

Members of uhspa-Uganda follow to the blink all activities geared towards improving health, and highlights them in national media. follow this lnk below
www.monitor.co.ug/.../opinions/When_motherhood_is_cause_for_worry_93152.shtml- 11 hours ago


Electronic media members

Electronic media members put Dr Otim Nape, theChairman of the Africa Innovations Institute in Kampala on the spot. The institute looks at changinging perceptions in policy making that do not help communities improve household income and nutrition


From the Horses Mouth

Some of the members of the UHSPA-Uganda interview the head of the school of public health. such interractions enable better communication of policy issues that impact on ordinary lives.


From the Horses Mouth


UHSPA discusses Geoengineering implications to Uganda

This article appeared in the new vision. at first, it sounded like crazy science, but geoengineering of weather to manipulate it to specific needs was high on the agenda as a group of UHSPA-Uganda and international scientists meet in Kampala recently. Mr Fred Ssempala,a lecturer attached to MJAC said greed and selfishness is driving countries to use crazy sciences;some of which are inhumane to nature and human livelihood.
folow this link www.etcgroup.org for more information on geoscience,synthetic biology,nanotechnology,biotechnology,bionanotech


Regional nurses body pledges to work with UHSPA-Uganda

The Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives has started a working relationship with UHSPA-Uganda to share Ugandan experiences with the media in other regional countries.
This was reached at at the Sannam meeting in Kampala recently between Philemon Ngomu , the network chief executive director and uhsa ed, mr kikonyogo kivumbi. Mr Kivumbi presented to the meeting Uganda's experience in helping the civil society and media work together to promote health and rights


Kalazar patients at a health centre in Amudat

Follow the link fo more kalazar stories from lonely trooper:
link below:http://lonelytrooper.blogspot.com/


etcgroup holds meeting with UHSPA-uganda

Uganda cautioned on lack of nanotechnology policy

A group of civil society actors want Uganda to establish a policy framework to manage the use and application of nanotechnology, a new advanced science whose safety is not yet establish.
At a meeting of science stakeholders at the Common Wealth Resort in Munyonyo yesterday, the experts on the technology said local cotton farmers, saloon operators who use nanotechnology derived beauty products were at risk of health complications.
Nanotechnology is a science that manipulates matter at the scale of atoms and molecules. The atoms can be used in a wide range of applications like food, medicine, cosmetics, pesticides and crop sector development.
Ms Kathy Jo Wetter, a Programme Manager with the action group on erosion, technology and concentration (etcgroup), an international group monitoring the use of the technology said Uganda needs to prepare her population for the era of new science.
She said the technology would remove many peoople from their jobs at almost the scale of the industrial revolution in Europe, because large items can be made with simple manipulation of nature.
Ms Wetter wondered the ethical implications of the technology, which is scrutinizing the entire concept of life by coming up with new brain signals that can live for over 200 years.
“What it means is that the entire concept of life and health is to be changed,” she said.
Mr. Fredric Ssempala, the Curriculum specialist at the Mulago-Mbarara Teaching Hospitals’ Joint Aids Programme said some products of the technology were already on the Ugandan market.
“ But greed and selfishness are the two most powerful elements driving this science. Uganda should develop standards and policies to review importation of nano based products in the country,” Ssempala said.
He said other sciences including synthetic biology, which involves developing laboratory copies of viruses, cells or bacteria that simulate the natural ones were a threat to agricultural productivity.
Ssempala said currently Norvatis, a Swiss based company was looking at developing synthetic active ingredients that make coartem, the first line malaria drug, instead of relying on farmers who grow artemissia annua, from which the current natural ingredients are extrcated.
Ms. Molley Kane, another officer from etcgroup said scientists were looking at manipulating climate to determine when it can rain or not, which she equated to playing God. But Ms
Ms Ruth Mbabazi, the Secretary to the National Bio-safety Committee said recently that Uganda had no policy or tools to evaluate products of nanotechnology, before pronouncing them to be safe and sold on the market. One of the most popular product is the biodisc, claimed to replenish the body when ones pours water on the glass-like structure and drinks.
She however said some products were already on the market. The committee comprising of experts from various research and policy institutions, also looks at UNCST approved technology research in Uganda has a big mandate in monitoring products of genetic medication like those from biotechnology.
So far, the committee monitors confined genetically modified banana research in Kawanda, and cassava at Namulonge agriculture research institutes. But biotechnology, involving the transfer or modification of a specific gene with desired traits is quite different from nanotechnology, yet Uganda is also still struggling with developing a regulatory framework.
Ms Mbabazi said it was important that the environmental, health and safe use of genetically modified organism (GMOs) is understood. “Nanotechnology should fall within our mandate. Uganda needs to be aggressive with developing laws to monitor its use,” she said.
But Dr. Terry Kahuma, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards ( UNBS), said there is a need to develop standards to ascertain and quantify the effectiveness of new products of nanotech. He said UNBS had come up with a mechanism of developing standards for health products, if they have a “perceived danger”.
“But buying a product is voluntary. Use your eyes and ask questions,” Dr Kahuma said.


Kala azar patients rights highlighted

As part of our cam[aign to better health, UHSPA working together with the Stop Medicines stock outs highlighetd the plight of people suffering from Kala azar. we are glad that this condition has been picked up the firt lady and Prime ministers office as a priority list for karamoja region.But alot more in areas of IEC needs to be done, and also stocks of medicines against kalazar in public health facilities needs to be supported. for a list of articles we publiched on kala azar folow this link:



UHSPA partners with Equinet

The Uganda Health and Science Press Association has partnered with Equinet to scale up media coverage of health and equity in eastern and southern Africa. Dr Rene Loewenson ( R) said this at the Equinet meeting in Munyonyo in a meeting with Mr Kikonyogo Kivumbi, the UHSPA-Uganda executive director.
the two will also share experience with other country health equity network to promote better and fair resources allocation for health


UHSPA-UGANDA Executive Director Meets health minister

Health Minister, Mr.James Kakooza ( Left) and UHSPA-Uganda Executive Director,Kikonyogo Kivumbi after a brief meeting on the sidelines of the Equity meeting at Munyonyo in Kampala. the minister said he was supportive of media and civil society groups coming together to promote development and better health for the population. he said he will support UHSPA-Uganda efforts


UHSPA-Members interview health minister

Members of the Uganda Health and Science Press Association interview health minister, James Kakooza after the opening of the Equit meeting at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo recently. The minister said he was encouraged by the media highlighting important health issues for development

Monday, October 19, 2009


Mind the saloon you go to

Have you taken note of hygiene at the saloons you go to? This may be result and hiv infection. from the towels, ear piercing equipment,smootheners, are you sure a 1000/- hair cut is expensive than a 2million hospital bill ( read hepatis infection)


Cholera red flag

Cholera, typhoid,...................... name it. the rain season has started, in fact elnino. have you thought about the water you are taking......... the source. UHSPA-UGANDA asks you to take what you consume seriously this season


Hospital ambulance for Mityana Hospital

This ancient, non functioning car is the only ambulance available for a 100 beds in Mityana Hospital. it is down. this is the hospital where a mother died recently causing a riot. so, whose responsibility is it to fix this mess---- dont point fingers-- it's you and me; see we are the government......... so let's a make an effort today to help the health workers who treat us


At the health facility in Kabong

These patients you see here were photographed by our member at a health facility in Kabong,karamoja. it takes the whole day to see a doctor for a simple illness like malaria. let's do something about helping our health facilities serve us better


Mothers's health equals child's ( nov2 world pneumonia day)

November 2 is going to be world pneumonia day. the health of mothers and their children is important here. Pneumonia, lubyamira kills 27,000 children in uganda anually. do

your part. for colleagues who want to write about pneumonia. Contact Dr Sabrina Kitaka of Uganda Paediatric Association or call 0752628406 for details


Interdicted mityana medical staff



Monday, October 12, 2009


Stop medicines/supplies stock outs

Some statistics are not easy to hide in statistics. This overwhelming congestion in hospitals is wanting. So whose issue is it as we celebrate 47 years of independence- it’s all of us


UHSPA-UGANDA Executive Director at UHEN launch

The Executive Director of Uganda Health and Science Press Association, Kikonyogo Kivumbi at the launch of Uganda Health Equity network, a coalition of organizations in Uganda of civil society, professionals and policy makers at Munyonyo last month.


Uganda Health Equity Network is launched

The Uganda Health Equity network, coalition of organizations in Uganda of civil society, professionals and policy makers was launched at the close of the Equinet summit in Munyonyo last moth. UHSPA-Uganda also joined the network together with Matunda Ya Wazee, a civil society organization advocating for the rights of the gaining. Ms Rosette Mutambi, the Coalition group leader, also Executive Director of HEPS-Uganda encouraged partners to work for better health resources allocation



Some of the mebers of Uganda Health and Science Press Association interview Dr Rene Loewenson ( centre) as Dr Wamala Right and Dr Runumi look on at the 3rd Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa summit at Munyonyo in Kampala. The meeting was under the theme Reclaiming Resources for Health. visit www.equinetafrica.org


Supplies stock outs

improvising. drips held bigh on the bed


Four children admitted on one bed

More than four children are admitted on one bed at this Mityana Hospital


The crowded wards

Come to see how crowded it is at this hospital


Attendant washes

an attendant washes,but sun dries on the ground. Hospital infections are unheard of here


Nurse enters her dilapidated house

A nurse at Mityana hospital enters her room. Notice the ceiling


HEALTH WORKERS boss tours mityana hospital

Ms Janet Obuni, the President of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union on a tour of the hospital to assess the environment and working conditions of the health workers. She said swearing the hippocratic oath does not mean health workers rights to practicing in a safe environment to their health ( infections from patients and back) is compromised


Nurses quarters

a nurse at the staff quarters' latrine side. check the hygiene


This is the nurses quarters

This is one of the houses where nurses, whom we pressure so much to deliver sleep. More photos down.


Mityana hospitals's hygiene

This is the overflow of the operating theatre attached to the Marternity ward at Mityana Main Hospital. ON THE DAY our team was there, more than 10 ceserean operations had been done.
follow this link to what we published in local apers


Inside Mityana's Main Hospital. It's horrible to be a patient there

This is the main maternity ward at Mityana Hospital ( about 70 kilometres) from Kampala city. UHSPA members went on a fact finding mission on the state of hospital,working conditions, patients rights and health workers safety.


Inside Mityana's Main Hospital. It's horrible to be a patient there

This is the maternity ward at Mityana Hospital. Members of UHSPA paid a fact finding mission to the hospital to assess the hygiene,working environment and welfare of both patients and nurses

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